Sad news has emerged about the ever-struggling former child star, Amanda Bynes. After seeming to have her life back on track after an awful few years, the Nickelodeon actress is back in a mental health facility for what is described as a ‘stress-induced relapse.’
The 32-year-old Bynes is reportedly being treated for her drug addiction and mental health issues that have made an unwelcome reappearance. Insiders say that her reentry into the acting profession may be to blame for her downward spiral. The harsh realities of the world of show biz seem to have taken their toll on her fragile mental state.
TMZ reports, “We’re told the pressure of being back in the public eye, plus auditioning in Hollywood again ... was just too much too soon for Amanda."
Amanda, who began her acting career at the tender age of seven, went on to enjoy immense fame from her starring roles in Nickelodeon hits ‘All That’ and ‘The Amanda Show,’ and her WB show, 'What I Like About You.'
Bynes seems to have been fighting her demons since the very beginning but claims that one role. in particular, ‘She’s the Man’ in 2006 sent her into “a spiral of severe depression.” The beautiful actress admitted, “I didn’t like myself as a boy.”
Amanda has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been in and out of mental hospitals for the better part of a decade.
“During one of her worst episodes, Amanda set a fire in a neighbor's driveway and nearly burned her dog.”
After getting professional help, Amanda seemed to be improving greatly. She even went back to school to become a designer but gave that up last year when she announced she wanted to get back into acting.
"In 2018, Bynes stated she had been sober for four years with the help of her parents. She also apologized for what she said on Twitter during her years of substance abuse: 'I'm really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said. I can't turn back time but if I could, I would. And I'm so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me.'"
Her addiction and mental health struggles have brought Amanda her share of legal troubles, too.
"In May 2013, Bynes was charged with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after she was found smoking in the lobby of her Manhattan apartment building. When officers entered her 36th-floor apartment, she allegedly threw a bong out the window. A New York County judge later dismissed the case against her in June 2014."
Just two months later, Amanda had another run-in with law enforcement.
"In July 2013, Ventura County sheriff's deputies detained her after she allegedly started a small fire in the driveway of a stranger in Thousand Oaks. She was hospitalized under a 72-hour mental-health evaluation hold.
Things were looking worse than they had ever been before, so Amanda's mom and dad were forced to take drastic action to protect their daughter.
"Bynes' parents filed for conservatorship of their daughter shortly after her hospitalization began. In August, Bynes' mother was granted a temporary conservatorship over Bynes' affairs. In October 2014, Bynes' mother again received conservatorship. In August 2018, paperwork was filed to continue said conservatorship until August 2020."
Her fans have reached out with words of support and compassion.
“I'm really glad @amandabynes got the help she needed. It takes a lot of courage to seek help for mental disorders and addiction... I support you Amanda and am proud of you! I've been where u are at.”
“Best to @amandabynes. #mentalhealth will always have its challenges. You have NOTHING to prove. Be kind to yourself find YOUR peace & happiness. However small or big that means for YOU”
“Amanda Bynes: 'Be really, really careful because you could lose it all and ruin your entire life like I did' - Chicago Tribune”
We hope and pray Amanda can finally get to the root of her troubles and begin a meaningful, long-term recovery. She has so much life left to live!